Its actually not that hard, you "stockpile" CASH by not spending it on crap you dont need.
Cash is quite easy to store and doesnt spoil.
So much this. I do have a little 'stockpile,' of stuff, but it's very varied, it's 99% stuff I use regularly (the stuff I don't is stuff like a box of egg substitute and a single package of powdered milk) and it's like, three or four cans of beans, multi-pack of Bounty, etc. The woman with the 1,000 lbs of food she explained they dipped into that ONE TIME? How much better off would they have been if they had the money they'd 'invested' in that garage full of crap in a savings account that they could have dipped into when her husband was out of work?
If they had, they could have bought real food (I've considered coupons too but they seem to be mostly for boxed crap and stuff I don't use and stuff I do, like Bounty, the coupons are tiny [and not that I doubt they're someplace but I've never seen a store in NYC that doubles coupons]) that could have been bought cheaply and sustained them better than soda, 'juices,' boxes of whatever.
Someone needs to tell her that she could buy a big sack of potatoes for the price she paid for the soda.
All three of them, save the sane one, need to learn that little lesson - I think a lot of the stuff they bought is just bad - if they're eating 100 Butterfingers because they're cheap, that's not brilliant. If they're just hoarding 100 Butterfingers and not ever eating them after paying for them (I know she said they got them for free but she paid for those coupons, however little), also not brilliant.
I too am grossed out by the guy reselling the stuff. It's not illegal or anything but the cost is being passed down to the rest of us. The store may get $.08 back plus their cost from the manufacturer but then the manufacturer is making less and will then up the wholesale cost. There's no way that it's just eaten by the corporations, no matter if it's a small percentage. Given that the guy runs the site, the first woman was all over webpages devoted, the loony moving woman too, it can't be that small, especially given their quantities.
The first woman, dumping that pasta in the room, was so on about how much joy she got looking at her hoard. How is that not a clue to her or her husband that something is off? If you can say that you give up time you'd like to spend with your family and friends to shop for anything because it gives you so much overwhelming joy to look at a room filled with Tide and pasta you'll never use? That's not normal. And not not normal like everyone has their quirks, not normal like seek therapy not normal.
Edited by beezer, Jan 4, 2011 @ 2:22 AM.